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ERIC Number: ED425490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Accelerated Schools Centers: How To Address Challenges to Institutionalization and Growth.
Meza, James, Jr.
The Accelerated Schools Project (ASP) at the University of New Orleans (UNO) was established in spring 1990, funded by a 3-year grant from Chevron. Beginning with 1 pilot school in 1991, the UNO Accelerated Schools Center has expanded to 36 schools representing 19 school districts in Louisiana and 3 schools from the Memphis City Schools district. During the first 5 years of accelerated schools, the primary objective was to develop a multiyear stable funding base and expand systematically "to learn as we would grow." In June 1995, the center staff decided to take stock of these first 5 years and establish priorities to sustain momentum and build toward institutionalization. This paper discusses the taking-stock process and the priorities established by the Center to move closer to institutionalization. The study resulted in three findings. First, the UNO Center should focus its efforts to develop a greater commitment from school districts throughout Louisiana and continue its efforts to work with schools and school districts across the Southern region. Second, the center should prepare coaches to more effectively work with all stakeholders of the school with emphasis on leadership and communications skills, team building, group-process skills, and conflict-resolution techniques. And third, movement toward institutionalization will require that the UNO Center establish a diversified funding base; otherwise, permanency, strategic planning, and staff stability will not be achieved. (JMD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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